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Geography Curriculum Statement

At William Austin Infant School we plan topics which link in with the objectives set out within the National Curriculum. When planning these topics our aim is to ensure we give our children exciting, inspiring and enriching experiences where they can develop their knowledge about their locality, the United Kingdom and the world. The Geography curriculum through the school is designed to build every year on children’s previous learning with each Geography topic linking to and reinforcing understanding of our planet, its people and its environment.

Within Year 1 and 2, children are taught to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans as well as to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and surrounding seas. Children are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of geographical similarities and differences through studying human and physical features of a small area of the United Kingdom and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country. In Year 2, children have a closer look at The Gambia and compare the similarities and differences to the United Kingdom.


Children also begin to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and begin to identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles. Of course, just like any other subject children will also learn how to use geographical vocabulary such as beach, cliff, city and town.


At William Austin Infant School children also have the opportunity to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify where they live (United Kingdom), as well as other countries within the world such as Serekunda in The Gambia (Year 2 topic), the continents and oceans.


Further information

Please see below for some ideas of how you can support your children at home with geography.


Geography at home:

  • After a walk to the local shops can children draw a map of how you got there?
  • When in the car on a long journey let your children look at the map or  a satnav directions .
  • Keep a daily weather chart.
  • When watching the weather forecast can children identify the country on the map? Discuss what clothes they may need to wear that day.
  • Play North, South, East or West. Label each side of the room or garden with N, S, E or W. A grown up calls out North, South, East or West and children run to that part of the garden or room.
  • Write an imaginative story using the setting of a different country within the world such as Mexico, China or Australia etc.
Click on the link below to take you to a variety of different websites which will provide additional resources to support your child in their learning